Union members in New Mexico fed their brothers and sisters in need as part of a new mobile food pantry initiative.
The Central New Mexico Labor Council Community Services Committee started the program in conjunction with the Feeding America affiliate, Roadrunner Food Bank. See an interview with Mike Swisher, AFL-CIO Community Services liaison, here .
On Sept. 27, volunteers from AFSCME , International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers ( SMART ), the Machinists ( IAM ), Plumbers and Pipe Fitters ( UA ), UAW , Communications Workers of America ( CWA ) and retirees helped organize the food bank and set up the food boxes.
The food bank delivered 9,200 pounds of food to the parking lot of SMART Local 49. Recipients then walked through the line and filled their own food boxes. The mobile food pantry is scheduled on the last Friday of every month until the end of the year.
Swisher said they ended up serving 74 families (156 adults and 92 children) from union families that have fallen on hard times.